On Thursday, the Dublin Express spilled
an unknown quantity of fuel from its 300,000 gallon tank into Arthur
Kill waterway, thanks to a 15-square-inch hole in its hull.
Watchstanders caught the leak while the ship was moored at the Global
Marine New York Container Terminal off Staten Island; responders hauled
the wounded vessel up onto a containment boom and temporarily closed
down the port so they could skim the surrounding waters. As of Friday
evening, the Coast Guard said it had sent "60 responders, 10 vessels,
four skimmers, two vacuum trucks, two vacuum trailers for recovered oil
product, and 15,000 feet of containment boom" to deal with the incident.
By Saturday, however, the Coast Guard had received reports of "oil
sheen and tar balls" in the waters off of Coney Island and Long Island,
from Norton Point to Atlantic Beach.
The Coast Guard deployed flight crews to survey the situation from the
air, along with its Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT)
teams to investigate on the ground. They spotted a swath of tar balls
about 400 feet long and 2 feet wide on Jacob Riis beach in the Rockaways
on Sunday, and today, Unified Command will send out "crews proficient
in the cleanup of tar balls" to tackle the infestation once "the tide is
favorable," according to a news release.